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  • Public Administration MPA Graduate Program Handbook

    Last updated February 28, 2017

  • Public Administration MPA Program Handbook i

    Table of Contents Introduction .............................................................................................................................................................1

    School of Public Administration Graduate Student Orientation ..........................................................................1

    Course of Study ..................................................................................................................................................1

    Courses...............................................................................................................................................................2

    Course Sequencing ............................................................................................................................................2

    Remedial Plan to Improve Writing Skills .............................................................................................................2

    Curriculum ..............................................................................................................................................................3

    Timeline for Completion ..........................................................................................................................................3

    Plan of Study (POS) and Course Load ...............................................................................................................3

    Advising ..............................................................................................................................................................3

    Graduate Research ................................................................................................................................................4

    Public Administration School Research ..............................................................................................................4

    Financial Support ....................................................................................................................................................4

    Graduate Student Associations ..............................................................................................................................5

    Graduate Student Association (GSA) .................................................................................................................5

    Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) ..........................................................................................................................................5

    ASPA and NFBPA ..............................................................................................................................................5

    ICMA ...................................................................................................................................................................5

    OPA ....................................................................................................................................................................5

    AFP .....................................................................................................................................................................6

    Professional Development ......................................................................................................................................6

    Public Sector Internship Experience ...................................................................................................................6

    Teaching and Learning .......................................................................................................................................6

    Pathways to Success Workshops ......................................................................................................................6

    Graduate Research Forum .................................................................................................................................7

    Graduate Excellence Awards .............................................................................................................................7

    Other ...................................................................................................................................................................7

    Job Search ..............................................................................................................................................................7

    Forms ......................................................................................................................................................................7

    Useful Links ............................................................................................................................................................8

    Grad Faculty ...........................................................................................................................................................8

    Contact Info ......................................................................................................................................................... 11

  • Public Administration MPA Program Handbook 1

    Public Administration MPA

    Together, the Graduate Student Handbook and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main

    guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies,

    requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about

    graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful

    resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate

    College.

    The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the

    university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly

    integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest

    standards of academic and personal integrity.

    Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:

     Academic Honesty

     Academic Integrity Training - Open to all graduate students at no cost

     Plagiarism

    Introduction

    School of Public Administration Graduate Student Orientation

    The School of Public Administration (SPA) hosts a graduate student orientation at the beginning of the fall and

    spring semester. The orientation focuses on subjects that are specific to your program and your career as a

    graduate student in the College of Community Innovation and Education. Students are strongly encouraged to

    attend the orientation as it supports successful transition into the master-level program and student success.

    Students receive an email notice of the date and time of the orientation shortly before the semester begins. The

    SPA Graduate Student Orientation is open to both new and continuing master students.

    The School of Public Administration’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program prepares students

    for employment or career advancement as public administrators. Our intention is to produce graduates equipped

    with the public management skills and analytical techniques needed for successful careers in government and

    closely related business fields. The MPA was accredited in 1998 and reaccredited in 2005 and again in 2012 by

    the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The UCF MPA program is

    nationally ranked by the U.S. News and World Report

    Course of Study

    The Master of Public Administration MPA program consists of 42 credit hours. Each student completes a core of

    nine courses (27 credit hours), an advanced curriculum of four electives (12 credit hours), and a capstone

    experience equivalent to one course (3 credit hours). Courses and credit hours used for undergraduate degrees

    cannot also be counted toward the MPA degree, except for Senior Scholar students who, with the permission of

    the MPA program director, may use up to 9 credit hours of graduate course work that was used in their

    undergraduate degree program as credit in the MPA program. However no undergraduate-level courses will be

    accepted in the MPA program.

    https://graduate.ucf.edu/student-handbook/ http://graduate.ucf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Academic-Honesty.pdf http://graduate.ucf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Academic-Honesty.pdf https://graduate.ucf.edu/pathways-to-success/#Academic%20Integrity%20Training https://graduate.ucf.edu/plagiarism/

  • Public Administration MPA Program Handbook 2

    Courses

    MPA courses are offered at the UCF Orlando main campus in Orlando in the evenings or online.

    Course Sequencing

    The School of Public Administration recommends that students complete PAD 6053 and PAD 6700 within the first

    12 hours of the MPA program. PAD 6053 provides an introduction and overview of the Public Administration

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